sql-azure-logo-lgIf you've been wondering what differences are between SQL Server and SQL Azure, a new white paper about the databases will help.

The white paper can compare the following features of SQL Azure Database with SQL Server:

  • Logical administration vs. physical administration
  • Provisioning
  • Transact-SQL support
  • Data storage
  • SQL Server Integration Services

and with other features and capabilities.

The white paper also explains the benefits of using SQL Azure. These include manageability, high availability, scalability, a familiar development model, and a relational data model.

Get the white paper from SQL Azure vs. SQL Server.

About SQL Azure

Microsoft SQL Azure Database is a cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server technologies. It provides a highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database service hosted by Microsoft in the cloud. SQL Azure Database helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases. Developers do not have to install, setup, patch or manage any software. High availability and fault tolerance is built-in and no physical administration is required. SQL Azure Database supports Transact-SQL (T-SQL).

You can use existing knowledge in T-SQL development and a familiar relational data model for symmetry with existing on-premises databases. SQL Azure Database can help reduce costs by integrating with existing toolsets and providing symmetry with on-premises and cloud databases.

Get started with SQL Azure on SQL Azure Developer.

Also see Overview of Microsoft SQL Azure white paper.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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Thanks to David Robinson for his blog post SQL Azure vs. SQL Server.

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